Shaunie O’Neal is an American television personality, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and TV producer. She is the ex-wife of famous retired basketball player Shaquille O’Neal also known as the Big Shaq.
Shaunie has four kids with her ex-husband and one kid from a relation before Shaquille. She is one of the producers of the VH-1 TV show, Basketball Wives, Basketball Wives LA, and Baller Wives.
Early Life and Introduction
Shaunie was born on 27 November 1974 as Va’shaundya Karlette Nelson and is currently 45 years of age. She was born in Wichita Falls, Texas and lived some of her early childhood there, but later moved to California with her family.
Shaunie graduated from University of Southern California
Shaquille O’Neal in Shaunie’s Life
Shaunie and Shaquille O’Neal met while Shaunie was working as a Film Marketer at Fox entertainment. They met and started dating after some time. Upon dating the NBA star, Shaunie also got in the spotlight, which she didn’t dislike. After dating for some time, the couple had their first child Shareef O’Neal on 11 January 2000 and a daughter in 2001, Amirah O’Neal.
After having two kids together, the couple decided to get married and hence, they married on 26th December 2002. They married in the Beverly Hills hotel.
One year after their marriage, they had their third child in 2003, Shaqir O’Neal, and in 2006, they had Meerah O’Neal.
Five years into their marriage, Shaunie filed for divorce in 2007 because Shaquille was cheating one her. She unofficially split from Shaq in 2007 but reconciled after some time. But two years later, in 2009, Shaunie filed for divorce again as she again found proof of Shaquille cheating on her. She had hired a private investigator to tail Shaquille and discovered a mistress that Shaq had.
Through ups and downs, they were together for seven years of their marriage.
Shaquille and Shaunie officially split in 2009, and the divorce proceedings finalized in 2011. In the meantime, she had already started dating Marlon Yates Jr., who was younger than her in age.
Shaunie got the custody of their kids after the divorce hearings ended, and now Shaquille pays $40k every month in child support and $5 million in alimony. She had to sign a prenup to not discuss their marriage and divorce in any of her shows.
Shaunie O’Neal, Mother of Five
Let us meet the five children of Shaunie, four she had with Shaquille O’Neal, and one from a previous relationship.
Her first child she had was when she was 23 in 1997. Shaunie was not with Shaquille back then. Her first child is a boy, and his name is Myles O’Neal, currently 22 years old, he is a model.
Shaunie had her first child with Shaquille on 11 January 2000, they had a son and named him Shareef O’Neal. Currently 19-years-old, Shareef is a basketball player and has joined UCLA. In 2001, Shaunie had her first daughter, Amirah O’Neal, currently 18 years of age.
Shaunie had her third son in 2003, and his name is Shaqir, he also plays basketball and is 17-years-old. Her second daughter Me’arah O’Neal was born in 2006 and is a reality TV star like Shaunie.
Shaunie O’Neal Career
Shaunie started her career as a producer of Basketball Wives, a popular VH-1 TV series. She later went on to produce Basketball Wives LA, Baller Wives, and of course, Shaunie’s Home Court. Her productions are about the lives of the wives of basketball players.
Shaunie’s shows are pretty popular and contribute somewhat to her net worth as a source of income.
Shaunie O’Neal Net Worth and Income
Shaunie O’Neal, due to her popularity and involvement in TV production and acting, has quite an impressive net worth. She also received an excellent settling sum from Shaq in the divorce; the amount has not been disclosed, though.
Shaunie’s net worth is $35 million; also, Shaq pays her $40k in child support every month and $5 million in alimony. So, that alimony probably adds up to her net worth too.
Shaunie’s ex-husband Shaquille has a staggering net worth of $400 million and reportedly earns $6o million every year from endorsement deals. So, it doesn’t hurt Shaquille’s pocket.
Shaunie Fast Facts
- Back in 2011, Shaunie hosted a red-carpet style charity event to raise money for underprivileged children.
- Shaunie’s birth name is Va’Shaundya Karlette Nelson.
- She hired a private investigator to tail her ex-husband in suspicion of cheating.
- She had two of her kids with Shaquille before their marriage
- Shaunie actively advocates for women empowerment and takes part in philanthropy.
Shaunie O’Neal Wiki, Bio, Married, Net Worth
|Date of Birth||27 November 1974|
|Education||University of Southern California|
|Profession||TV star and producer, actress|
|Spouse||Shaquille O’Neal (m.2002 – div.2011)|
Myles O’Neal (b.1997)
Four with Shaquille:
Shareef O’Neal (b.2000)
Amirah O’Neal (b.2001)
Shaqir O’Neal (b.2003)
Me’arah O’Neal (b.2006)
|Net Worth||$35 million|
|Height||1.7m (5ft 10 inches)|